Moraes to defend title in KL

Adriano Moraes (right) attempts to avoid a punch from Geje Eustaquio at ONE FC
Adriano Moraes (right) attempts to avoid a punch from Geje Eustaquio at ONE FC: Rise of the Kingdom on Koh Pich in Phnom Penh on September 12. He is to defend his title at Age of Champions in Kuala Lumpur on March 13. Sreng Meng Srun

Moraes to defend title in KL

ONE Fighting Championship (ONE FC), has announced its return to Kuala Lumpur. ONE FC: Age of Champions is set to take place on March 13 at Stadium Putra.

The main event in Malaysia will feature a flyweight championship bout, where incumbent champion Adriano Moraes (12-1) – who won the belt at Cambodia’s inaugural ONE FC card Rise of the Kingdom last year – will be defending his title against Japanese stalwart Asuka “Riku Shibuya” Mikami.

Malaysian MMA superstars Peter Davis and Ann Osman are also expected to be featured on the card.

Moraes is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt with aggressive takedowns and freakish athleticism complementing his submission skills.

Asuka “Riku Shibuya” Mikami is a Japanese flyweight star and one of the brightest talents to emerge from the country in recent years.

He boasts a stellar 11-2 record and has not lost since 2009. Mikami possesses impressive striking skills highlighted by professional kickboxing experience.

After building a solid foundation in Japan, he now faces the biggest test of his career after signing with Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organisation.

ONE FC will also return to the Philippine capital, Manila, for ONE FC: Valor of Champions on April 24 and to Singapore on May 22 for ONE FC: Warrior’s Quest. ONE FC: Valor of Champions will be held at MOA Arena, while ONE FC: Warrior’s Quest will be held at the 12,000-seat Singapore Indoor Stadium. Originally scheduled to be held in Jakarta on February 14, ONE FC: Odyssey of Champions will be moved to a later date.

Ben Askren will defend his ONE FC Welterweight World Championship for the first time at ONE FC: Valor of Champions. Standing opposite him in the ONE FC cage will be Brazilian MMA veteran Luis Santos, who made quick work of Bakhtiyar Abbasov in his ONE FC debut.

Victor Cui, ONE FC chief executive, said: “We are kicking off 2015 with three spectacular events lined up to start the year. We are also ecstatic at the chance to be back in Manila on April 24 and in Singapore on May 22 to treat fans to world-class mixed martial arts action.”

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